Taking risks in our creative process can produce beautiful and innovative results. Which is exactly the case in Ruben Montero's scanned experiments. Using quotes and literary texts, he played with the letters, destroyed it and manipulated it to see what the outcomes would look like. The movement of static typography while being scanned produced these unexpected glitches and fluid distortions. As an outcome Ruben released a series of posters with the results of his experiments.
Although they were made using digital technology, Montero says the process of manipulating the type with the scanner is what really makes the posters. "The hand-made has a charm which cannot be reproduced in digital," he says. "The beauty of imperfection."
This investigation is particularly fascinating to me as (spoiler alert!) volume 04 of the TypographJournal has a large focus on production and technology. Specifically how our chosen mediums impact the meaning of the work and the tension/relationship between analogue and digital production methods. And so I have been playing with scanning and bit-mapping pencil drawings and vector letterforms to see what is gained and lost via the different digital translations and instances of the same archetypal shape.